Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Somewhat Successful Project + Etsy Coupon Code

I hope you are having a nice weekend.

Starting today I am offering 20% off everything in my Etsy shop.
Just click HERE to go to the shop and enter discount code NMH20 at
checkout. The sale goes through 2/18/12.

I have been working on several projects including the somewhat successful one I will show you today.
I saw on Pinterest where you could age metal by spritzing with a combination
of apple cider vinegar and sea salt.  The pics showed a great green patina achieved with this
process over a two day period.

Do you remember the set of  metal hearts I purchased from Wisteria?

 I tried the vinegar and sea salt on the small one for two days, spritzing
up to ten times per day.

No Change Whatever!

One week later with continuous spritzing...NO Change.

At this point the smell of the vinegar had permeated the kitchen and was making
us sick. I am pretty stubborn and was not giving up on this project.  I removed
any remaining lacquer and started the process again.

Three weeks and two days later this is what happened.
Looks promising huh?

This is what I got when the salt and vinegar was rinsed off.

I would have liked a little more patina but I am happy with the results.
I won't be aging the others until it warms up and I can do this in the garage.

Partying this week at:

xo, Sherry

20% Off with code NMH20


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I also bought those, Sherry! Yes, waiting for warmer weather sounds like a good idea! lol Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those are such pretty pieces, Sherry! I wonder why it took awhile to do something. Although, I remember bleaching those Christmas trees and some people said they had no luck bleaching theirs. A coating perhaps?

Kelly said...

Well that is certainly a transformation. Glad that you were able to get the look you were after since it took so long.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

How nice to offer a coupon code to your shop. Very generous!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Well, aren't you the patient one. It looks great with that patina.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

hah! this was kind of fun to imagine! YOur kitchen stinking of vinegar to high heaven for 3 weeks!!! OMG you are tenacious! But I think it looks so much better, still it made me laugh.

Gina said...

Sherry, there is an easier way. A verdigris kit, found in most Craft stores. It takes only 2 steps. And works in minutes. You might want to try it on a sample first. I have even used it on non porous items, such as plastic.

Low Tide High Style said...

It looks great, but I can understand you wanting to wait and do the rest when you can do it outside or in the garage!

Kat :)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Turned out really pretty, Sherry, looks old for sure!

From Shabby To Chic said...

I aged some metal pieces once using water & powered lime (coffee/tea aisle) took about the same amount if time but didn't smell & was a tad more rusted afterwards.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It turned out wonderful even though it took you some time!

It's All Connected said...

For something like that, I would have painted it with copper and bronze craft paint and added some verdigi paint. But then, I'm always in a hurry. ~ Maureen

Divine Theatre said...

I love those milagros! I have been collecting them for years. I had no idea Wisteria was selling reproductions!
Drano works but do it outdoors. It is a beast!
Good luck!



Bliss said...

Did the family smell like a salad everywhere they went?


Deserae said...

Very the patina!

Miss Char said...

I like this look Sherry, the patina looks natural as it moves toward the center of the heart. Gotta love the projects on Pinterest!

Cynthia said...

I like those very much they are pretty. I guess patience was a virtue on this project. Glad it worked out.

Karena said...

Sherry I think they turned out beautifully!! Your patience paid off!

Art by Karena

Jan Conwell said...

I think I just scored quite a prize thanks to your sale. Love love love vintage crochet. Thank you Sherry!

Karen said...

The one heart looks great. Good idea to wait for warmer, work-in-the-garage weather. LOL

bumblebee said...

try using a paste of Miracle-Gro to patina your copper.

bumblebee said...

try using a paste of Miracle-Gro to patina your copper.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I love these and don't know how I missed them in Wisteria!
I think your persistence paid off Sherry. Looks great now!


French said...

The ex-votos look great, Sherry, well worth the wait and a little vinegar fumes!

chateau chic said...

Great patina with your aging process. Thanks for hosting a party each week.
Mary Alice

lvroftiques said...

It looks great Sherry! I live a block away from saltwater and all I have to do is forget something outside for a week and everything corrodes! Grrrrr! should send them to me! *winks* Vanna

Sunny said...

Hi Sherry! You have great patience and it was worth it. Lovely. Hope you are doing well! Loved the gal in Australia too. I may try the music stand lamp! Sunny

Babs said...

The heart looks great with it's new/old patina. The color of the vinegar and salt "foam" is kinda pretty too. :) Your patience certainly paid off. Thanks for hosting another great party.

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

Love the result!
Thanks for sharing :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Beautiful results, Sherry! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!